It’s tough to get too excited about Eric Fisher as the No. 1 pick, but it’s a solid fit and fills a need. Fisher may start his career at right tackle if the Chiefs hang on to Branden Albert, but Fisher’s future is definitely on the left side.
When you consider what Alex Smith did behind a solid line and a great running game in San Francisco, this could help the Chiefs turn things around immediately.
Eric Fisher Scouting Report
Eric Fisher OT Central Michigan #79
Size/Athleticism: Prototypical height and overall build. A very good all-around athlete. Extremely quick off the snap. Very fluid footwork when dropping back into pass protection. Athletic enough to get to the second level and also moves well when pulling.
Pass Protection: Consistent in his all-around fundamentals. Does a nice job consistently keeping his hands inside and avoiding unnecessary holding penalties. Impressive quickness off the snap. Displays consistent footwork when sliding in pass protection. Can slide outside and slow down edge rushers without losing his balance or needing to lunge. When he gets his hands into a speed rusher it’s over; he has the strength to toss smaller edge-rushers aside. Uses an immediate cut block a few times per game with mixed results; he’ll occasionally whiff against more athletic edge rushers and would probably be better off limiting his use of this technique. Has the strength to re-anchor when he loses off the snap against the bull rush against most ends. Will lose some battles against stronger bull rushers and could improve in this area by improving his lower-body strength.
Run Blocking: Has the strength to drive his man back off the line. Athletic enough to pull, but sometimes struggles to locate his assignment. Does a nice job staying low to gain leverage, which can be difficult for some guys with his height. Spends a little too much time on the ground. Misses some opportunities to pick up a second block downfield.
Intangibles: Has experience at both tackle positions and some experience at guard. Limited experience against elite competition, but appeared to answer those questions with a strong showing at the Senior Bowl.
Durability: Missed final two games of 2011 season with a knee injury.
Comments: Fisher has the elite athleticism that teams look for in left tackle prospects. His size/athleticism combination makes him a rare commodity which all but ensures he will land within the top 10 picks of the draft. He needs to iron out some minor issues in his game, but he proved at the Senior Bowl that he is capable of jumping from the MAC into a starting role in the NFL.